FTIFA PATHWAY TO PRO (DUBAI)

Pathway to Pro offers players the chance to experience being a professional footballer in the unique setting of Dubai as well as sampling life at our Fleetwood, UK training complex.

The four and six month course options will see participant act, train and play like a professional footballer, while living in a luxurious 4* hotel in global in the paradise which is Dubai. 
 
The best players will also have the opportunity to play professionally for our club Fleetwood United FC who play in the Third Division of the UAE Football League as well as offering pathways to our other partner clubs around the globe. 
 
Those on the full programme will enjoy a month-long pre-season in England before flying to Dubai for five-months on the Pathway to Pro. 
 

Fleetwood Football Group are centered around Fleetwood Town Football Club (UK), an English League One professional football club, with a proven track record of sporting success and player development.

We also boast a global network of football clubs, including Fleetwood United FC (UAE Third Division) and Western Cape Fleetwood (Third Tier of South African football).

Our international Academy (FTIFA) works in more than 20 countries around the globe, providing players with pathways to professional football, and partners an exceptional and proven Elite Football Programme.

As a group we have a track record of putting faith in player development and young players. Our UK based Fleetwood Town Football Club have a proven pathway of bringing young talent through our Premier League backed Academy programme. In the last two years alone we’ve seen 15 players progress into our first team, with three in the past year being sold onto the Premier League.

"to develop a better player, we must educate and develop the person"

UK TRAINING BASE - POOLFOOT FARM

  • Pathway to Professional Elite Football within the FTFC Group and Partner Clubs.
  • Mirroring Fleetwood Town’s already established 1st team, academy & international football programme.
  • Players formally registered on the FIFA TMS system, which will establish a transfer market value for the player.
  • Opportunity to play professional first team football with Fleetwood United.
  • 4 week pre season in the UK at the £10million state of the art PoolfootFarm complex home to FTFC 1st team.
  • The support of analytic data and analysis to track and collate athletic input and improvement.
  • Guest lecturers from the professional game giving an insight into the footballing industry both on and off the pitch.
  • Maximum opportunity of turning professionally utilizing Fleetwood Town Football Group and partner clubs in over 10 different countries.

Facilities

PATHWAY TO PRO UK TRAINING BASE is enhanced through the use of FTFC state of the art £10 million Poolfoot Farm training facility where participating teams and individuals can sample and train on one of the most prestigious training complexes that the North West of England has to offer.

The complex was opened by Sir Alex Ferguson (former Manchester United Manager) in April 2016 and features the below

  • Seven world class grass pitches
  • x2 FIFA 2 star graded 4G Pitches
  • x4 five-a-side FTFC red pitches
  • First Team and academy gym (FTIFA players will have access)
  • 1st Team physiotherapist room (FTIFA players will have access)
  • Club Meeting rooms
  • Class room and Analyst room (For use of analysis sessions and seminars and meetings for FTIFA player)

UAE TRAINING BASE - JABLI ALI

JA Sports Centre is a 168-acre training facility designed by professionals for professionals. This all-purpose centre is the ideal venue for pitch hire with well-maintained surfaces and an excellent selection of facilities. JA Sports Centre is a 5-minute drive from JA

Beach Hotel and JA Palm Tree Court and a 20 minute drive from Dubai Marina.

Facilities

Inspired by traditional Arabian architecture, the main building at JA Sports Centre is designed to blend seamlessly with its desert surrounding.

It contains the following:

  • Air-conditioned reception area
  • Lounge Seating
  • Changing facilities
  • Club house
  • Car park
  • 4 FIFA Graded Grass Pitch
  • 1 4G FIFA Graded Artificial Pitch

Who can attend?

PATHWAY TO PRO is for players aged 18-24yrs which offers first class facilities, coaching, education and pathways into professional football around the world.
The programme aims to empower participants to develop not only their technical and physical attributes but more importantly nurture character and provide opportunities to fulfil their potential through a life-changing experience. Players are immersed into a unique, challenging and motivational learning environment that brings together individuals of all nationalities and culture.

Development Pathways

  • Players demonstrating the required levels of ability, athleticism and attitude will be offered the chance to sign with FTFC sister preofessionl club Fleetwood United based in Dubai and opportunities within the club group and its partner clubs.
  • When signing up for the FTIFA programme, players are not just signing up to FTFC but also our extensive network of partner clubs globally. Currently, FTFC has  over 16 partner clubs to which we share best practice, provide technical support and accommodate player exchanges.

OFFICIAL FTFC kit

Full kit package available as part of the four and six months programmes

When Can I join?

The FTIFA Pathway to Pro is split into two start dates and options:

THE STRUCTURE UK/UAE 6-MONTH PROGRAMME
(OCT-MARCH 2022)

  • 4 week pre-season in the UK at £10million FTFC POOLFOOT FARM UK. (Oct 3rd – 28th) Players will get the opportunity to work with and alongside our professional coaching staff and junior Pro’s.
  • Fly to Dubai (Included in the price) Players will arrive in Dubai to our partner accommodation (Oct 29th – 30th).
  • Five months full time training and match model begins with our sister club Fleetwood United in Dubia. – Assessment period continues (Nov-Dec) with players working towards being selected for the Fleetwood United 1st Team Squad in Jan 2023.
  • Players will registered with Fleetwood United FC, within the clubs U23s or senior First Team. (Jan-March).
  • Pathway into pro football within Fleetwood United Group / Partner Club or Employment / Internship within the footballing industry (April Onwards).

THE STRUCTURE UAE ONLY – 4 MONTH PROGRAMME
(DEC – MARCH 2022/23)

  • Players will arrive in Dubai to our partner accommodation (Nov 29th – 30th).
  • Four month full time training and match model begins with our sister club Fleetwood United in Dubia. – Assessment period continues (Nov-Dec) with players working towards being selected for the Fleetwood United 1st Team Squad in Jan 2023.
  • Players will registered with Fleetwood United FC, within the clubs U23s or senior First Team. (Jan-March).
  • Pathway into pro football within Fleetwood United Group / Partner Club or Employment / Internship within the footballing industry (April Onwards).

UK ACCOMMODATION

FTIFA players are housed with FTFC club scholars in the north shore area of Blackpool at one of the clubs hotels.

  • The Lodge Hotel
    6-8 Northumberland Avenue
    Blackpool
    FY2 9SB

Players will receive breakfast & an evening meal here (lunch is served at the Crossbar restaurant at Poolfoot Farm) during the week whilst at weekends players will be provided with three meals a day. Rooms sleep one, two or four, include WiFi, a TV & are en-suite.

Players are in close proximity to the buzz of the town centre, walking distance from the world-famous Golden Mile – jam-packed full of visitor attractions, while local transport links provide an accessible gateway to the rest of the Fylde Coast & North West of Englands attractions.

Our accomodation partners at www.blackpoolpromotions.com also support our players if required. 

UAE ACCOMMODATION

FTIFA Pro Experience players are housed at our partner accomodation in Dubai Players will receive breakfast and an evening meal here lunch is served at The Manor by JA during the week whilst at weekends players will be provided with three meals a day.

Rooms sleep one, two or four, include WiFi, a TV and are en-suite.
Players are in close proximity to the buzz of the town centre, jampacked full of visitor attractions, while local transport links provide an accessible gateway to the rest of the Dubai attractions.

Visa/Travel Documents

FTIFA have no liability whatsoever for the refusal of VISA Travel Documents.
We strongly advise that before booking any FTIFA packages you check if you qualify for the appropriate VISA of travel and that you fit the application criteria as refunds are not given in any circumstances.

We will also assist players in gaining the relevant VISA access to the UK and UAE for the duration of their enrolment on our course. All included in the price.

PRICING From jULY 2021

All courses involve regular matches against amateur, semi-professional, professional and academy teams with professional training programmes based on the FTFC first team.

UK & UAE Pathway to Pro 6 Months Course

110,499 AED
  • 5 days football training per week, designed to reflect a training programme of a FTFC professional
  • Opportunities to play in matches against professional, semi-professional, academy and amateur teams
  • Individual 360 Player Feedback Tutorials & Report
  • Branded training kit and full FTFC kit
  • Full Access To 360 Player
  • full access to vEO analysis platform
  • Sports science Testing & profiling
  • full physio cover & recovery Reports

UAE Only Pathway to Pro 4 Months Course

82,499 AED
  • 5 days football training per week, designed to reflect a training programme of a FTFC professional
  • Opportunities to play in matches against professional, semi-professional, academy and amateur teams
  • individual 360 player feedback tutorials & Report
  • Branded training kit and full FTFC kit
  • Full Access To 360 Player
  • full access to vEO analysis platform
  • Sports science Testing & profiling
  • full physio cover & recovery Reports

Additional Information

  • Inbound flights to UK on arrival and outbound flights from dubai on completion of programme not included in the price.
  • Flights from UK to Dubai (after completion of 4 week assesment) included in price.
  • FTIFA is open 48 weeks of the year with start dates being flexible to the individual.
  • 4 & 6 months courses commences from arrival date at the academy.
  • Full access to all Poolfoot Farm Facilities.
  • Internal transfers to and from training 
  • Full Board Meal Plan.
  • 4*/3* Accommodation at partner club hotel including breakfast, evening meal and laundry.
  • Airport Transfers (Pick-up and Drop-off).
  • FTFC Onward Card to attend all FTFC Home Fixtures.
  • FTIFA require a minimum of 14 working days notice in order to organise accommodation.